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The Gym Guide to Working Out in Playa Del Carmen

Gyms in Playa Del Carmen

If you haven’t noticed it yet, you will soon see that  Playa Del Carmen is a city of fit people. The gyms in Playa Del Carmen are busy with gym bunnies. With a beach crowd that is ready for swimsuit season year round and there is no such thing as “winter weight” people tend to be more fit. Even retired people get on the fitness bandwagon and use their free time to stay in good shape to  take on living in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s while living in Playa. Working out is also popular among local youth because the peer pressure and presence of so many European fit people that come here and the amount of jobs in the Riviera Maya that are dance, acrobatic or entertainment related.

Gyms have been gaining in popularity and prices are not as cheap as you might expect especially considering the pay scale here. Here is a gym guide to seven gyms that are located in Playa Del Carmen. Besides gyms there are dozens of fitness classes like yoga, dance, crossfit, martial arts and even pole dancing classes. We will cover more of those in other articles.

Here is the list of gyms in Playa Del Carmen

Evolve Gym(s)

We say Evolve Gyms because they have three in the central area of Playa Del Carmen. If you get a membership at the gym located on 24th St between 5th and 10th Avenue you can work out at all four of their gyms in Playa. One of their gyms is not in the center of town but convenient if you live further back from the beach.

Evolve Gym (24th St)

Evolve Gym in Playa Del Carmen on 24th Street

Evolve Gym on 24th Street.

This is the flagship gym for Evolve and our favorite gym. It has air-conditioning and the most modern of the three gyms Evolve owns. This gym is 15,o00 sq. ft. of space with full locker rooms (sauna) juice bar, personal training and lots of classes. This is usualy the best overall gym to join and the one we recommend to people coming to Playa Del Carmen. The type of people go there are the medium to upper income level locals, expats that live nearby and tourist looking for a good gym.

Location

Calle 24  (between 5th and 10th Avenues)

 Phone number

984 803 0986

Hours

Monday-Friday 6:00 am – 11:00 pm. Saturday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm Sun8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Evolve Fitness Gym Playa Del Carmen

The gym floor at Evolve on 24th Street.

Evolve Gym (6th St.) Playa Del Carmen

Evolve Gym in Playa Del Carmen 6th Street

Evolve Gym on 6th Street.

This gym is an old hardcore gym with painted weights and no air-conditioning. It is however a good place to get workouts in if you are serious about working out. There is a small juice and protein bar, but not always open. There are three floors to this gym. Cardio on the first floor along with legs machines, two classrooms on the second floor, one of which is spinning, weights and abs room, and the top floor is weights and a covers porch area that serves as a space for martial arts classes and boxing training. This gym gets a local crowd, a few foreigners that live in Playa Del Carmen now and a few tourist looking for a cheaper day pass.

Location

Calle 6 Norte between 30th and 35th Avenue.

Hours

Monday 6am-10pm Saturday 7am-8pm  Closed Sundays

Evolve Gym ( Juarez Avenue)

Evolve Gym on Juarez Avenue Playa Del Carmen Mexico

Evolve Gym Juarez Avenue.

This gym is located on the second floor of this building with views of Juarez Avenue and the Highway. It is air-conditioned but always feels just a little warmer then you would want. The large glass windows don’t help it. It does have a OXXO convenience store on the first floor of this building. There is also a juice bar in the gym. It has one bright and cheery class room and good equipment although not extensive. This gym gets mainly locals that are fairly fitness minded. Located on the corner of Juarez Avenue and the Highway, Northwest corner.

Hours

Monday-Friday 6:00am-10:00pm Saturday 7:00am-8:00pm.  Closed Sundays.

Phone number

984-859-3096

Evolve Gym Constituyentes Avenue

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Evolve Gym Constituyentes Avenue an 95th Avenue

This is the fifth gym opened by Evolve. This one is at Constituyentes Avenue and 95th Avenue. It is on the second floor of a small plaza. This gym has all new equipment and two class rooms.  This is a fan cooed gym so no air-conditioning. Also bring a towel to this gym because there is no towel service.

Hours

Monday-Friday 6:00am-11:00pm. Saturday 7:00am-8:00pm. closed Sundays.

Bit Fitness Gym

This is a new gym along the highway across from Centro Maya shopping Plaza. Bit Fitness is on the second floor of the plaza here. It has an cardio area, free weights, classes and weight machines. This gym is more about fitness classes like circuit training classes.

Prices at Bit Fitness Gym

  • Day pass 200 pesos.
  • Gym only (no classes) 700 pesos a month.
  • Gym with 8 classes a month 800 pesos.
  • Gym with 12 classes a month 1000 pesos.
  • Gym and unlimited classes a month 1350 pesos.

Hours of Bit Fitness Gym

Monday-Friday 6:00am-Noon and 5:00pm-10:00pm. Saturday 8:00am-noon. Sunday closed.

The Gym Playa Del Carmen

The Gym in Playa Del Carmen Mexico

The Gym on 1st Avenue.

The Gym is popular for day pass guests, tourist, and the gym elite and fitness bunnies. It is the most upscale and expensive gym in Playa Del Carmen. It has good equipment, a lot of services and central location. The Gym offers a snack bar, towel service, tons of classes, personal training and open 7 days a week so no excuse for slacking or not going. Check out the DJ nights at the gym, workout and have a live DJ spin for you. With this membership you get discounts and perks around Playa, ask for details when checking out the gym.

Hours or oporation

Monday – Friday 6am-12pm Saturdays 7am-7pm Sundays 8am-5pm.

Location

1st. Avenue between Constituyentes Avenue and 16th Street.

Phone number

984-873-2098

Anytime Fitness Gym

This gym is for the people that want no excuse for going to the gym because they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. This gym is also good for people living on the other side of the highway.

Services

Bathrooms, showers, parking, free weights, machines, cardio equipment, classes and personal training.

Location

On the corner of Avenue Colosio and Avenue Chemuyil.

Phone number

984-109-4581

Muscle Beach Gym in Playa Del Carmen

Muscle Beach Gym Playa Del Carmen

Muscle Beach Gym.

This is a more basic gym found in the Colosio neighborhood. It has three floors and is an open air gym without air conditioning. Tip: Mornings and late evenings are best to come here. In the afternoon it gets more full sun. Even though this is a more basic gym it is very clean. It gets a local crowd and a few tourist that are staying on the north end of Playa and looking for an inexpensive day pass.

Hours

Monday -Friday 6:00am-10:00pm. Saturday 8:00am-8:00pm. Closed Sundays.

Location

10th Avenue and the corner of 70th Street.

  Phone number

984-137-2944

Muscle Beach Gym Playa Del Carmen

One of the gym floors at Muscle Beach Gym.

The Union

This is a boxing gym in Playa Del Carmen. It is one of the best places to get training and practice. This gym is solely for boxing and the different types. Boxing enthusiast should check this place out. Check the link for class schedule and prices. The Union is on 10th Avenue between 42nd Street and 44th Street.

The Union Boxing Gym Playa Del Carmen

The Union boxing gym.

A G M Fight House

This is a gym with MMA, Jui Jitsu, Muay Thai, kick boxing and boxing. There is a small area for weights, classroom, professional ring and MMA cage. At this gym you can find knowledgeable teaches and instructors for the disciplines they cover.

Prices for this gym are 800 pesos for one type of discipline, 950 for two disciplines, or 1,050 for all types of classes. Day passes are 250 pesos.

This gym is on the corner of 40th Avenue and Juarez Avenue. The entrance is on 40th Avenue. The gym is on the second floor.

A G M Fight House Gym Playa Del Carmen

Inside of A G M Fight House in Playa Del Carmen.

Gym tips for Playa Del Carmen

Here are some tips that apply more for Playa Del Carmen then other places in the world.

1. There are no drinking fountains. The reason being that Playa Del Carmen does not have drinking water coming out of the faucets. It is all bottled water. So bring your own water to the gym. This means going to the store for lots of bottled water because it is not good to reuse cheap plastic bottles. You might want to invest in a large insulated drinking container. This way you can reuse it and also it will not sweat so much leaving water rings around the gym.

2. Bring a sweat towel. Check with your gym of your choice if they have towels. Most do not and it is obligatory to bring one with you. Not all gyms have air-conditioning or air-conditioning that is cold enough to keep you from sweating. However most of the upper end gyms do offer towels and some air conditioning.

3. Sweaty clothes will either have to be air dried before throwing them in the laundry or you might hand wash clothes to deep clean them. Laundry services don’t always deep clean really dirty clothes so you might notice them starting to smell after you start to use them again even though they were cleaned. You can rinse with water and soak clothes in water with a cap of bleach or vinegar to kill bacteria, then wash with soap and dry.

4. Not all gyms have lockers, so you might want a hip pouch to hold sunglasses or keys.

5. Take care of your skin! After sweating make sure you rinse off. It is hot in Playa Del Carmen and you will find yourself sweating a lot. So keeping your skin clean and dry will help prevent heat rash. To read more about taking care of your skin in Playa Del Carmen, see our article about it here.

6. Not all gyms are open on Sundays. Thank goodness, at least one excuse not to go every day of the week!

7. Don’t wear flip flops. It is a beach town but these are not allowed. It is not that sneakers will protect your feet from falling weights but they do give you better traction and footing and this prevents accidents.

8. Not all classes offered are in the basic membership. Cross fit is huge now and often is offered with gym memberships or for an additional charge.

Prices for Gyms in Playa Del Carmen

Prices for gyms can fall into day passes for those here for a short time, week passes and then monthly gym memberships. We will not give exact prices here because each gym has promotions and sometimes different prices for two or three people signing up together. The first two gyms though have the more expensive memberships though. We will say gyms on our list range from about 450-1100 pesos a month and day passes range from 80-200 pesos.

So what are the top three considerations for where to join a gym in Playa Del Carmen? Location, price, and air-conditioning. We will present the information and you can make the selection.

What is your favorite gym in Playa Del Carmen? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!

39 Comments on The Gym Guide to Working Out in Playa Del Carmen

  1. What is the day rate at Muscle Beach Gym?

    • We believe it is 80 pesos but they might have a better rate for a week pass if you are going to go that much.

    • I heard there is a new gym in Playa Car called California Gym. Do you know anything about this gym?

      • We have heard about this gym. It is in Centro Maya. The intro rates are very low but they ask to get you in a payment program with auto billing. So if you are looking for a short term gym, just be careful what you sign.

    • How much is a monthly membership at Anytime Fitness?

  2. robbie chapman // April 13, 2016 at 6:29 AM // Reply

    hi, is there any more boxing gyms? if will the normal gyms have a punch bag?

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM // Reply

      There are some but they are not near the center. The Evolve Gym on 6 Street had some classes and a space set up on the third floor with a ring. For current info on if they have trainer working in boxing,contact them.

  3. Catherine Hutton // May 10, 2016 at 12:46 PM // Reply

    You didn’t mention Anytime Fitness at Donaldo Colosio and Chemuiyl. I’m from Toronto and I can use their facilities world wide.
    Also have one in Cancun. Good facilities on two floors…modern and it’s open 24/7. No idea about their short term or daily rates…

  4. I was in Playa del Carmen for one month and really liked working out at Evolve gym on 24th Street. It had a good vibe, equipment and close to where I was so it made it very convenient to go. I also met a lot of locals that were very nice there.

  5. Thanks for your gym suggestions. I was in Playa Del Carmen for to weeks and went to the Evolve gym on 24th Street. It was perfect for working out and the classes were fun too. I like the windows that look out from the second floor as you see 5th Avenue from the cardio equipment. I was impressed with this Mexican gym. It had everything I wanted and I got good workouts.

  6. I just spent a week in Playa del Carmen and went to Evolve gym. Good place with everything I needed. I would recommend this gym for people coming and needing a place to workout while in town.

  7. Fred Timmerman // July 30, 2016 at 7:35 PM // Reply

    I have been browsing on-line and found your gym guide. I will be in Playa Del Carmen for one month. I don’t know if I will be working our the whole time in Playa but do any gyms have just a month pass? Thanks

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 31, 2016 at 1:00 AM // Reply

      Hello Fred
      Most of the gyms just go by week or a certain amount of visit you can use when you are in Playa Del Carmen for your vacation. Since the most popular gyms usually do week passes, it might be best to ask at the front desk for if you can just buy a month and they wave the initiation fee. We hope you have a great time in Playa Del Carmen and enjoy working out at the gym.

  8. Working out at the new Evolve gym on Constituyentes is great. It is close to my house and new gym. There is no AC but if you go early you can enjoy the morning breeze.

  9. Annett Hassie // August 13, 2016 at 4:43 PM // Reply

    Hi! Just wanted to say I was in Playa del Carmen and went to Evolve on 6th Street. It is an old style gym with old weights but I got a good workout. Nice people and met some frineds. I like the local gyms and feel. It feels like real Mexico.

  10. I much prefer Evolve gym over “The Gym” because it is more relaxed and not so showing. It is almost like you have to dress up just to go to that gym.

  11. I went to the gym on 24th Street when in Playa. It was the Evolve one. It had great energy and I was amazed at the people and how in shape everyone was. It really is an international city. It was great motivation for working out.

  12. I love the evening spin class at Evolve gym. It is kick ass! I am loving it!

  13. Wesley Reiner // August 24, 2016 at 4:01 PM // Reply

    Evolve Gym is the best one in Playa Del Camren. It has everything you need and good vibe. I went there for three weeks and miss it now that I am not in Playa.

  14. Jimmy Ackerman // August 26, 2016 at 3:53 PM // Reply

    Evolve gym has really been getting more energetic lately. I have been going there when I am in town and it is getting more busy.

  15. When I was coming to Mexico I was not sure what the gyms were going to be like. I was totally impressed with Evolve Gym on 24th Street. It was just as nice as my gym in Chicago.

  16. Heya i’m for the first time here. I am looking for a gym to work out in and found your guide. Thanks for this. It is very helpful.

  17. I saw a gym by Centro Maya. Do you have any information on this?

    • Hello Augustina

      Yes, we passed by that gym the other day and asked about it. We will be adding the details here on our gym guide for Playa Del Carmen. It is a new gym and is 800 pesos monthly.

  18. I came to Mexico thinking the gyms would be sort of old school. Boy was I wrong. They are super nice and Justas good as my gym back home except the people are a lot hotter here in Playa!

  19. The pole dance class at Evolve Gym on 24th Street is kick ass and fun. I have marks on my legs and I am so tired after it but we all have fun doing it.

  20. If anyone is looking for a gym partner let me know. I am looking to start at Evolve gym or the gym. I like to go 5 days a week but would like a partner for motivation.

  21. Do any of the gyms offer hot yoga classes?

    • All yoga is hot here. lol Actually there are no hot yoga classes that we know of but some are in open air settings and some of the gyms do not have air conditioning. That just might be your best option if you want to be a little more warmed up for yoga. For the better4 yoga classes you might want to go to a yoga only studio. Kava Kasa is outside and Casa Ananda for example are in non airconditioned rooms.

  22. Charles Handley // October 5, 2016 at 2:07 AM // Reply

    I am glad you included some boxing gyms and May Thai options. I want to get some training in while in Playa Del Carmen.

  23. Great info and guide! Thanks. No excuse not to go to them gym now.

  24. Thanks for the list of gyms, I could not find much more online and your guide is great. See you in Playa!

  25. Hi!do you know the nearest to ibero star tucan?
    Some inside playa car?

    Thank you

    • Hello

      The nearest gym is just outside of Playacar. It is called Bit Fitness. This one is on the list. Across from this gym in the Centro Maya Mall is a new one called California. This would be a farther walk though if you are going to this gym.

  26. What is the going rate for an hour of personal training with an experienced trainer?

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